Value and location |

Value and location

Daily Staff Writer
Special to Summit Home and Properties

Bargain Buys

By CHARLOTTE CLARKEAt the very bottom of Wildernest sits Summit Point Condominiums. This location provides easy access to both I-70 and the heart of Silverthorne yet lets you escape the buzz below. A new rec path provides added access to the numerous national forest trails all around. Unit 3462 is a top-floor condo situated away from the road. It is currently being used as a two bedroom home, but on-the-grow families could easily create a third bedroom by simply partitioning off the den. It already contains a closet and its own private deck.

Approaching the entry, a small door leads to a large storage closet. The shelves and spaces here are convenient locations for skis, bikes, barbecues and other accouterments of an active lifestyle.Entering the front door, there is a wonderful ceramic tile floor that is also found in the kitchen, dining room and bathrooms. A closet by the front door is a good place to leave coats, and there are pegs on the wall for hats and dripping garments.

The living room space gives an open feeling, as the main living area, kitchen, dining room as well as a den/family room are all part of the same core area. No doors or significant walls separate them. Light wood paneling brightens up living room walls, while a pretty southwestern tile border adds an attractive accent. A stone hearth surrounds a wood-burning fireplace. It is easy to imagine winter holidays here, enjoyed before a crackling fire and two large windows. In the distance, a snowcapped Mt. Guyot completes a winter scene. Reservoir views are in the foreground.At the far end of the living room, sliding doors open to a small deck with Williams Fork views. This area is being used as a den, but it could easily be transformed into a third bedroom.

The kitchen has natural wood cabinets and tile counters and floors. A modern, flush-top range and dual white sinks make clean-up a snap. A dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave aid the busy cook. A pantry off the dining area adds storage.

The master bedroom features a bath with an attractive tiled vanity and shower. Windows look south.A small utility room houses a stack washer/dryer. The guest bath features mirrored cabinetry and a full-sized tub. The bedroom is on the other side of the kitchen with eastern views.

Nothing can get you more house than today’s lower interest rates. Prime rates are still hovering below 6 percent. This 1030-square-foot condo is being offered at $189,900 unfurnished. If you paid full price and had a 5 percent down payment, your monthly payments on a 30-year mortgage at 5.625 percent (5.78 APR) would be $1,038.51. Mortgage insurance can be avoided easily these days with a creative lender.Taxes were $852 last year. The homeowner’s association provides cable TV, common maintenance, building insurance, snow and trash removal plus water and sewer for $250 per month. Utilities average $90 per month.

CHARLOTTE CLARKE is the owner/broker of 4SaleByU in Frisco. She specializes in affordable housing options and old-fashioned service. She can be reached at (970) 376-5153, (866) 668-1312 or by e-mail at You can view all Summit County listings through her website at

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